sugar palm



  • A large palm tree, Arenga saccharifera or A. pinnata, which grows to over 15 m. The sugary sap is obtained by beating the feathery immature male flower spike for 14 days, then as soon as the flowers open the spike is cut off at the base of the flowers and the sap collected. The beating and slicing off of a little more of the flower stem continues until the flow of sap stops.